San Juan, Puerto Rico- This Friday, April 22, the Scuba Dogs swimming and aquatic safety school carried a very important message in the city of San Juan: "Learning To Swim Saves Lives."
Together with the professional team of certified instructors and the support of the Municipality of San Juan, a large group of all ages from the Puerto Rican community had the opportunity to participate in a free one (1) hour aquatic training workshop for front to the lifeguard towers located on Escambrón beach #8 in San Juan.
"Learning to swim is as fundamental and necessary as learning to read and write," says Alberto E. Martí Ruiz, certified instructor and organizer of the event. "It is important to carry this message to reduce the incidents of death by drowning that we continue to have in Puerto Rico, apart from being able to enjoy all the benefits that water offers us," added Martí.
The event was facilitated by the Municipality of San Juan in commemoration of Planet Earth Day, including the active participation of non-profit environmental entities. The Honorable Mayor Miguel Romero Lugo personally attended with his work team in solidarity with the community events.
Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 5 globally, according to the World Health Organization. In Puerto Rico, an average of 30 people drown on the beaches every year, according to data from the Sea Grant organization. Finally, experts estimate that over 60% of the Puerto Rican population does not know how to swim.
Scuba Dogs offers completely free swimming and aquatic safety evaluations at its heated pool located next to the Tren Urbano de Torrimar in Guaynabo. Those interested can go to, call 787-783-6377 or send an email to for more information.